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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Comparison Request: KBShimmer vs Essie Starry Starry Night

Press Sample and Purchased by Me

Today I have a quick swatch wheel comparison for you, by request, of KBShimmer Carpe Denim and the elusive Essie Starry Starry Night. (Click the links for my original posts on both of these.)

So let's have a look!

As you can see, these are not MY strict definition of "dupes." But your definition of dupe may vary. If "close enough" is good, then you're golden! If you're looking for exact? This one isn't.

My thoughts:

*I prefer the micro glitters in Essie Starry Starry Night over the larger, holo ones in the KBS.
*I prefer the formula and application of KBShimmer Carpe Denim
*I prefer the cruelty-free aspect of KBShimmer Carpe Denim
*I prefer the availability of KBShimmer Carpe Denim
*I prefer the price of KBShimmer Carpe Denim

So for me, this round of "VS" goes to KBShimmer with a 4-1 win.

What do you think?


You can purchase KBShimmer polishes on their site here, at Harlow & Company and on Amazon.
Other KBShimmer sites:

You can, if you're lucky enough to run across it, purchase the long discontinued Essie Starry Starry Night on eBay for a few hundred dollars.

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  1. Thanks for the comparison! This is really exciting :-) finally I can own something choose to SSN which had been a major lemming of mine since I first saw it on your blog

  2. I love Carpe Denim, but the polish hoarder in me will still snatch up SSN if given the chance!

  3. Ohhh awesome post! I love Carpe Denim!

  4. I like the look of SSN more, the microglitters creatss more depth.

  5. I like the microglitters in SSN more than the ones in CD, but since Essie is almost impossible to find I prefer KB Shimmer.

  6. Nice comparison! Based on just the swatch, I do like Essie's better but like you point out, there are many advantages to KBS..
    Do you have CbLs Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well? I thought that was supposed to be very close too!

    1. Thanks! I actually did a comparison in my Twinkle Twinkle review:

    2. Heyyyy.....I commented on that review from Oct 2013! :D
      I did end up with the CbL TTLS. I like the look of this KB though so I may get it too!

  7. Do do do love a dupe. I'm off to find me a SNN * * * (Stars in the sky!)

  8. Hi Sheila! Follow on question...any idea how the latest picture polish shade "saphira" compares? It looks to me like apart from the scattering of larger glitters it'd be pretty close...

    1. It looks much much darker to me and of course the metallic larger glitters make it not even close for me.


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